After dipping their toes into electrified water for years, Europe’s major automakers are finally getting serious about EVs. Diesel is in doghouse. Cities are instituting future bans on internal combustion engines and Tesla is swiping their wealthy, tech-savvy customers. BMW is taking a methodical approach toward its electrified future. Last year, company toured the world with its Vision Next 100 road show, highlighting how automaker plans to address mobility requirements during the next century. BMW is expected to expand availability of plug-in hybrid drivetrains in its core model lineup. The i Series of electrified vehicles will also grow to include more models. BMW confirms that by 2025 it will field 25 electrified cars, nearly half of which will be purely electric. Introduced at 2017 International Auto Show, BMW i Vision Dynamics concept car portends that near-term future. In conjunction with its debut, Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG, told “With the BMW i Vision Dynamics we are showcasing how we envisage future electric mobility between i3 and i8 a dynamic and progressive, four-door Gran Coupe. We are therefore electrifying the heart of the BMW brand and, at the same time, elevating BMW i into a totally new dimension.” Rumored to preview a production BMW i5, i Vision Dynamics concept is a 5 passenger, 5 door Gran Coupe seemingly designed and engineered to tackle Tesla head-on.
Specifications are few. BMW tells this electric car would, theoretically, supply 373 miles of total driving range and could, theoretically, accelerate to 60 mph in 4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 120 mph. Otherwise, details are limited to car’s design, which BMW characterizes as elegant and dynamic. The i Vision Dynamics concept employs a long wheelbase, short overhangs, a rakish roofline with a huge panoramic glass panel and flush glass rendered in an unusual window profile. Kidney-shaped elements are evident up front, preserving another classic BMW design cue. The company tells they are visual declarations of “technological know-how.” The wait for a Tesla Model 3 is at least 1 year, depending on how a buyer wants it configured and the company claims that it has hundreds of thousands of reservations to fill. Obviously, this has not gone unnoticed by BMW. A new BMW i5 patterned after i Vision Dynamics Concept, perhaps sized and priced between the Model 3 and Tesla’s larger Model S, could make lots of sense, giving the company a major foot into the door of mainstream, upscale electric cars. Whether BMW can get an i5 into production soon enough to suck a little of wind out of Tesla’s sails is another matter, entirely.